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Our Top 10 Things To Do When Staying at Carrickreagh Bay, Lough Erne

Enjoy our luxury pod accommodation looking directly out to the beautiful Lough Erne. Cosy, comfortable and in the heart of Fermanagh you can easily explore what the area has to offer.

  1. Cuilcagh Mountain Walk

Located only a 20 minute drive from the pod site, the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail also nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven is one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain which provides breath taking views of the surrounding lowlands.

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2. Marble Arch Caves

The Marble Arch Caves is a major tourist attraction, set in the picturesque foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain. The landscape encompassing the Marble Arch Caves was formed over 340 million years ago. Today this natural environment of caves, rivers, mountains, ancient woodlands, waterfalls and gorges offer an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the incredible range of activities and experiences the Marble Arch Caves have to offer.

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3. National trust properties at Florencecourt, Castlecoole and Crom Castle

Florencecourt is a beautiful 18th-century home set on a sustainable estate and gardens surrounded by lush parkland and thick woodland with Benaughlin mountain rising in the background. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this extensive and welcoming place. On a guided tour of the Georgian mansion you can hear stories about the Cole family and their staff, who lived here for over 250 years.

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Castle Coole is one of Ireland’s finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore. Experience the stately grandeur of this stunning 18th-century mansion set in a beautiful, wooded landscape park ideal for family walks.

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Escape to the shores of Upper Lough Erne at the breathtakingly beautiful Crom. The tranquil 2,000 acre estate is made up of tranquil islands and ancient woodlands. One of Ireland’s most important conservation areas, the landscape of Crom is home to a wealth of wildlife including beautiful butterflies, wild deer and the elusive pine marten.

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4. The Boatyard Distillery and Gin Tour

Visit the Boatyard distillery and Gin Tour on the banks of Lough Erne to see how they produce the finest spirits using the highest quality botanicals and ingredients. Try out some of their spirits and be guided through different serves and cocktails that allow the spirits to shine through.

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5. Erne Tours – Cruise to Devenish Island 

Take a boat trip out to the world famous, historic and stunning Devenish Island and Monastic Site. This boat tour is Erne Tour’s most popular cruise in Fermanagh, a must do experience when visiting Fermanagh! (Available from May to September).

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6. Water sports with Blue Green Yonder

Enjoy a water activity packed day on Lough Erne with Blue Green Yonder. This is a must visit destination for thrills, spills and splashes, perfect for families and friends! Blue Green Yonder offer fun water activities for all ages!

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7. Enniskillen Castle & Fermanagh County Museum

Explore Fermanagh’s unique stories within the picturesque setting of Enniskillen Castle beside the River Erne. Discover diverse histories within the castle walls from Medieval Stronghold to Plantation Castle to later Military Barracks. Today, the historic Castle complex houses two Museums, Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum, forming Enniskillen Castle Museums.

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8. Safari Action

Experience stimulating and challenging outdoor activities that promote lateral thinking, team building and a good days’ fun and adventure. Safari Action offer 4×4 off-road driving experiences, clay pigeon shooting, airsoft shooting, archery and much more!

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9. Fermanagh Fun Farm

Fermanagh Fun Farm provides a fun, engaging, hands on experience perfect for families. They offer amazing activities for everyone such as; cuddle time in the pets corner, pony walking, feeding animals, trailer and quad ride in the cow patch, pedal boats and lots more!

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10. The Thai Spa at Lough Erne Resort & the Faldo Golf Course 

Set on a lush peninsula in the Fermanagh Lakelands, Lough Erne Resort exudes a calming aura with Castle Hume Lough’s deep, still waters and golden reeds swaying at the shoreline. The unique and multi award-winning Thai Spa experience takes guests on a journey east, to Thailand, a country rich in wellness and wellbeing.

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As one of Ireland’s top golf resorts, The Faldo Course, designed by six time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo, provides superb all year round playing conditions. The links-like fairways, perfectly true greens and spectacular Fermanagh Lakelands setting provides a stunning backdrop to the course. There are spectacular views from every vantage point and the waters of the Lough come into play on 11 of the 18 holes.

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Our Top 10 Things To Do When Staying at Thornfield Farm

Enjoy our luxury pod accommodation in the heart of the Antrim Glens, close to the Dark Hedges and other Game of Thrones filming locations. Cosy, comfortable and in the heart of a farm setting you can feed the hens, see the baby lambs and explore what the area has to offer.

Here are our favourite things to do in the local area while staying with us!

1. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede one of Northern Ireland’s most loved attractions. Suspended across a 30-metre deep and 20-metre-wide chasm, this famous rope bridge was first erected in 1755 to connect salmon fishermen to the rocky island of Carrick-a-Rede.

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2. The Lake Kilrea

Enjoy a water activity packed day at Ireland’s largest waterpark, situated in the Lake Kilrea. This is a must visit destination for thrills, spills and splashes, perfect for families and friends! The lake Kilrea offer park fun water activities for all ages, from giant icebergs and mega slides to wipeout balls and swirly bridges.

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3. Causeway Coast Kayaking Tours

With Causeway Coast Kayaking Tours you have the chance to experience the beauty of Northern Ireland like never before, their tours will show you the beauty, heritage and history of Northern Ireland from a totally unique perspective. The highly qualified and experienced local guides make every tour an unforgettable experience with the local knowledge of the regions they are paddling.

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4. Giants Causeway

Recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s most precious landscapes is cared for by the National Trust, a registered conservation charity founded to protect beautiful and special places for ever, for everyone. The Giant’s Causeway and its surrounding areas boasts the most amazing scenery that is truly beautiful! The 40,000 basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago, has captured the imagination of all who see it.

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5. Rosepark Open Farm Ballymoney

The farm is a great place for all ages enabling their visitors to connect with nature and interact with lots of animals. It stands out from other farm attractions as it is spread over a mile and a half of beautiful wooded and rose walkways. The petting area allows visitors to see and handle a variety of animals. The beautiful blue lagoon has been transformed into an inland beach, which is a first of it’s kind here in Northern Ireland. They have two zip-wires on the farm where both adults and children can join in on the fun, as well as four bouncy castles permanently fixed on site and several play park areas. There really is something for everyone to discover and explore the outdoors at Rosepark Farm.

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6. Bushmills Distillery Tour

Experience the rich aromas and full- bodied flavours of Ireland’s oldest working distillery (1608) by pre-booking one of our tutored tasting events. Choose from several options ranging from a virtual tour to an hour- long run through of our exclusive brands with our trained whiskey educators.

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7. Sheans Horse Farm, Armoy

Make sure to visit the 5-star rated Horse Riding centre based in Armoy, Co. Antrim who offer quality Horse Riding experiences on one of the most extensive off-road horse-riding facilities in Ireland. They can cater for all levels of riders from complete beginner to experienced riders, from 4 years up! Come along and enjoy the Freedom, Fun and Buzz of an experience at Sheans!

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8. Ballintoy Harbour / Whitepark Bay – local scenic gems and beaches

For those looking to capture a true sense of Irish rural life, Ballintoy Harbour is an ideal stop over whilst touring the coastal route. It can be discovered in the picturesque village of Ballintoy. Accessed by a spectacular, steep winding road, it is a painter’s paradise with sea stacks, rocky islands, pools and busy harbour leading to one of Europe’s great cliff-top and wild beach walks.

The stunning, sweeping sandy beach of White Park Bay is located in the small village of Ballintoy, County Antrim. The spectacular sandy beach forms a white arc between two headlands on the North Antrim Coast. The beach is also backed by ancient sand dunes which provide a range of rich habitats for bird and animal life. 

Ballintoy Harbour

Whitepark Bay

9. Mussenden Temple / Benone Beach / Castlerock

Mussenden Temple perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head.

Benone Strand, multiple recipient of the European Blue Flag Award, is a must-see when visiting the area. With seven miles of golden sand and a magnificent back drop of mountain and cliff scenery and stunning views across to Donegal, this is an attractive sightseeing environment along with the usual seaside activities including watersports, walking, picnic spots and fishing.

Castlerock is a 1km (0.7 mile) long stretch of beach between the sea cliffs of Downhill to the west and the Lower River Bann estuary known as the Barmouth to the east. The beach was awarded the Seaside Award in 2020.Castlerock beach backs on to the tranquil resort of Castlerock. The dunes to the east of the entrance are home to Castlerock Golf Club.

Mussenden Temple

Benone Beach


10. Zara McLaughlin Studio – pottery classes

To complete your stay at Thornfield Farm, why not take a Zara McLaughlin pottery class with your loved ones. Zara creates a therapeutic and relaxing atmosphere and offers several types of classes to suit all ages. You can book in for two different types of pottery classes.

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Our Top 10 Things To Do When Staying at Hillhead Farm, Dumfries

Enjoy this small and exclusive pod site with only 3 pods perched up on the Nithsdale hillside looking out to the valley below. Believe us when we say it’s a breathtaking view and stunning area to visit. There is so much to do and see in the local area from Castles, walks, lochs and water, mountain biking, forests, beaches, wildlife or just local restaurants for a bite to eat.

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Here are our favourite things to do in the local area while staying with us!

1. Drumlanrig Castle

At Drumlanrig Castle, you will find something for everyone. Explore the magnificent Pink Palace and its world class art collection on a guided tour. Marvel at the sights and scents in the acres of stunning Victorian gardens to explore. Shriek with delight in the woodland adventure playground. Watch crafters at work in the Stableyard Studios. Delight in the outdoors on our waymarked walks and world class mountain bike trails. Treat yourself in the Castle Gift Shop, Castle Tearoom or the Larchwood Cabin. An episode of the Outlander series was filmed here.

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2. Nith Valley Alpacas

Only 5 minutes from the pods site, meet the Alpacas and walk with them in the beautiful grounds of the Capenoch estate, spend some time with these lovely creatures and get a chance to hand feed them, suitable for all the family. (Places are limited so worth getting In touch for availability)

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3. Dumfries House

Part of the Prince’s foundation, a 2000 estate and 18th century house. With house tours, café, adventure playground and acres of gardens to explore, well worth a full day out.

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4. Ae forest (7stanes bike trails)

 Forest walking and cycling trails with a bike hire shop and café. Ae Forest is the perfect place to visit, whether you want to relax with a picnic beside the river, watch woodland wildlife, stroll through the trees or burn off some serious energy on the superb mountain bike trails. The waymarked routes include gentle rambles beside the sparkling Water of Ae as well as longer hikes into the hills with wonderful views. Ae Forest covers an area about the size of 10,000 football pitches. 



5. Mabie Farm Park/ Mabie Forest (7stanes bike trails)

A farm park with lots of animals to meet and feed, large adventure playground, quad bike rides, zip wires and slides. Café and gift shop. Then next door is the forest with walking and cycling trails, an adventure playground and picnic areas.


 6. Beaches

There are plenty of beaches to choose from- Sandyhills, Powillimount, Southerness, Carsethorn, Rockcliffe and Kippford.

7.  Loch Ettrick

Wild swimming and paddleboard tuition. The closest Loch to the pod site and popular with wild swimmers. Moffat SUP provide paddleboard sessions here, booking required.


8. Grey Mares Tail Waterfall

This nature reserve has a dramatic waterfall. A paradise for botanists & wildlife enthusiasts who come to see the rare upland plants, peregrines, feral goats and, occasionally, mountain hares. A well-maintained steep path from car park to Loch Skene. A spectacular waterfall with walking trail featuring a loch at the top.


 9. Dalscone Farm Fun

With a large indoor soft play area and fun-filled farm park, Dumfries’ top destination for families!  Enjoy the indoor soft play area, meet all of our famous animals, and play in our award-winning farm park! A family run farm park with lots of activities, featuring a café, an impressive toy shop and farm shop as well.

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10.  Ellisland Farm/ Robert Burns House

Visit the farmhouse built by Robert Burns for himself and his family.  Find out more about daily life in the late 18th century in the farmhouse kitchen, and be inspired in Robert’s Spence where many of his famous poems were written. Then take the trip to Dumfries and visit the simple sandstone house that is a key pilgrimage site for Burns’ enthusiast from around the world where the national bard spent his last years. Over the years it has attracted many famous visitors including the poets Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. View original manuscripts and some of Burns’ personal belongings. See his desk and chair in the study where he created some of his finest works.

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With lots to do in the area, Hillead is the perfect base for your next adventure in Dumfries & Galloway!

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Our Top Ten Things To Do When Staying at Leitrim Lodge, The Mournes

Our unique and stylish Leitrim Lodge pods offer a perfect short getaway for couples and families set in the heart of The Mournes, Ireland’s most famous Mountain range. You are in an exclusive group of 6 luxury pods at the foot of the picturesque Rocky Mountain. The Mourne Mountain Region is designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and parts are owned by the National Trust.

Here are our favourite things to do in the local area while staying with us!

1. Climb Slieve Donard

Take a hike up Northern Irelands Highest Peak, Slieve Donard. The views from the summit are extensive and on a clear day the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales and Scotland may be seen, as well as the long stretch of Newcastle Beach.

2. Explore Murlough National Nature Reserve and Beach

Murlough is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.

It offers the best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland, a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes, woodland and heath with an array of butterflies and wild flowers.

3. Visit Silent Valley and Ben Crom

Silent Valley Reservoir in the heart of the Mourne Mountains is one of the most beautiful places in Northern Ireland. Enjoy a short hike above this pretty reservoir in the Mourne Mountains. 

4. Step into the Narnia Trail at Kilbroney Forest

This family loop trail takes you through woodland at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. The famous writer, C S Lewis, as a young boy, spent much holiday time in the Mournes and Rostrevor. This family trail seeks to capture the imagination of children of all ages.

5. Visit Fort Evergreen

Fort Evergreen offers children the opportunity to see, learn about and interact with animals through activities such as bottle-feeding lambs, hand-feeding sheep and goats, grooming ponies and stroking rabbits and guinea pigs.

Find out more here: https://www.fortevergreen.co.uk/

6. Tee off at Royal County Down

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Enjoy a day of golf and head back to the pods to relax in the afternoon.

Find out more here: https://www.royalcountydown.org/visitor_information

7. Take a tour of the Game of Thrones Studio

Located at the filming location of Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, Game of Thrones Studio Tour invites you to step behind the scenes of The Seven Kingdoms and beyond.

Find out more here: https://www.gameofthronesstudiotour.com/

8. Get on your bike at Kilbroney Mountain Bike Trails

On the shores of Carlingford Lough, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails powered by Chain Reaction Cycles offer some challenging mountain biking where efforts are rewarded with incredible coastal views and exhilarating singletrack descents.

Find out more here: http://www.mountainbikeni.com/rostrevor/

9. Get up close with Cranfield Aplacas

Whether you want to take a gentle stroll on the beach with Alpacas or simply relax in their charming company whilst enjoying the most stunning views, Cranfield Alpacas is a must visit day out destination.

Find out more here: https://cranfieldalpacas.com/

10. Hike up Rocky Mountain, Tornamrock and Pierces Castle

Just a short walk from the pods is Rocky Mountain. Explore Rocky Mountain, Tornamrock and Pierces Castle- this trail is great for hiking and walking.

and one extra… Santa’s Cottage ( Santa’s official Residence in Ireland)

Only a 2 minute drive from the pods and open from 19th November – 24th December.

You can book via http://santascottage.co.uk/

With lots to do in the area, Leitrim Lodge is the perfect base to explore the beautiful Mournes and beyond!

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10 Things To Do When Staying at Cardross Estate

Cardross is the gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The pods are located on the West of Cardross, with breath-taking views towards Ben Lomond, the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. A truly unique and historic setting for a romantic and/or relaxing short break away. 


Here are our favourite things to do in the local area while staying with us!

1. Green Aspirations

Located next to the pod site and also on the Estate is Green Aspirations Scotland. It was established as a Community Interest Company in 2013. They are a social enterprise aiming to provide benefit to the community rather than to make a profit.  They work with different groups of people – community groups, young adults, school pupils, kids and crafters – to develop traditional skills, create an appreciation of the woodlands, and encourage sustainable and healthy environments. They run amazing family days where you can try your hand at Axe throwing, shelter building and enjoy a BBQ lunch. They also provide the charcoal for the BBQ packs for Cardross.

Find out more: https://www.greenaspirationsscotland.co.uk/

2. Stirling Castle

Cardross is only a 20 minute drive from Stirling. The city is home to many historic sites including one of Scotland’s grandest castle, Stirling Castle.

Find out more: https://www.stirlingcastle.scot/

3. Bike Hire: Aberfoyle Bike Hire

Cardross is surrounded by many miles of traffic free trails which pass through the heart of the Trossachs. Our bike renting partners will have bikes ready at your pod for your arrival

Here are four of the most notable routes from Aberfoyle:

  • Aberfoyle to Kinlochard. A beautiful ride along the waymarked forest road on the south side of Loch Ard, ending at the Wee Blether Tearoom. Hilly forest road (approx. 1.5 hours/7miles)
  • Aberfoyle to Buchlyvie/Drymen. Following the railway route along the river, this route divides after two miles to offer the choice of a flat ride to Buchlyvie (7 miles) or a hillier single track road to Drymen (13 miles)
  • Duke’s Pass. A famous climb, straight from the main street in Aberfoyle. Challenging but with wonderful views and, once over the top, there are options to continue to Callander or Loch Katrine

To rent a bike during your stay visit: https://aberfoylebikehire.co.uk/

4. Hiking Trails

Cardross Estate borders the Eastern edge of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the foothills of the Trossachs. The National Park sits on the cusp of the Scottish Highlands, a beautiful region of lochs, glens and miniature mountains. Our site is blessed with fantastic hiking trails and some of Scotland’s most iconic lakes. 

Visit https://www.10adventures.com/hikes/loch-lomond-and-the-trossachs/ for more information on nearby walks and hikes!

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5. Action Adventure Activities 

Based at an Outdoor Activity Centre on the edge of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park they offer a wide range of activities from water-sports to quad biking!

Find out more: http://www.actionadventureactivities.com/

6. Go Ape

Only 20 minutes from Cardross is the UK’s #1 adventure company! From tree-to-tree crossings and 3km zip treks to nets hanging 30 feet above the forest floor and all-terrain Segways, Go Ape has all the adventure boxes ticked and is sure to tire the whole family out!

Find out more:  https://goape.co.uk/

7. Golf at Gleneagles

Gleneagles is one of the greatest names in the world of golf. With three of the top golf courses in Scotland and as recent hosts of The Ryder and Solheim Cups.  Just a 40-minute drive from your pod!

Find out more: https://gleneagles.com/golf/

8. Loch Katrine Cruises

Loch Katrine and surrounding areas are steeped in history and is recognised as the favoured and much loved setting of some of Sir Walter Scott’s most famous poetic works, as well as boasting links to Scottish legend Rob Roy MacGregor

Take a cruise on beautiful Loch Katrine and admire the amazing landscapes which change through the seasons.

Find out more: https://www.lochkatrine.com/

9. Blair Drummond Safari Park

Located on a perfectly flat 160-acre estate just outside Stirling, Blair Drummond is Central Scotland’s most exciting family visitor attraction and the perfect place for a family day out. Go on an exciting safari drive-thru, meet giraffes, say ‘hello’ to the cheeky monkeys, explore one of the UK’s best dinosaur attractions, or run wild in their giant outdoor play area, a guaranteed action-packed day the whole family will enjoy.

Find out more: https://www.blairdrummond.com/

10. Glengoyne Whiskey Tour

Glengoyne is often described as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery. It is open 7 days a week and offers a range of fantastic distillery tours and tastings, including the Malt Master Session where guests can create their very own whisky, bring a bottle back to your pod and enjoy a wee dram by the campfire!

Find out more: https://www.glengoyne.com/distillery-tours/glengoyne-tour-and-tasting

With lots to do in the area, Cardross is the perfect base for your next Scottish Adventure!

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Further Space to Attend Scottish Land and Estates Annual Conference

Further Space is set to sponsor Scottish Land and Estates Annual Conference which is taking place in Edinburgh at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa on the 17 May 2022.

The theme of this year is, ‘Homes At The Heart Of Rural Communities’ and provides a terrific line up of speakers who will challenge and inspire including Sarah-Jane Laing, SLE Chief Executive, Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government and Dr Moses Jenkins, Senior Technical Officer, Historic Environment Scotland.

The Conference is aimed at providing insight and ideas, practical tips and solutions as well as real-life examples from land managers and the experts and will look at a wide range of issues including; planning, funding, community engagement and energy efficiency.

Further Space who believes ‘That Amazing Should be Open to Everyone’ will be showcasing their luxury glamping and the ability for farmers, estate owners and landowners to profitably diversify into micro-tourism. 

Simon Fisher, Market Manager at Further Space said, ‘We are delighted to be attending the Scottish Land and Estates Annual Conference. Our partnerships with landowners helps to reduce the risks associated with land diversification. We help lower the start-up capital, requirement, lower financial risk, provide access to expert advice on planning and reduce the burden required to run their sites’.

Come and see us at the event. We’d love to have a chat with you.